18 February 2004
MISSOULA - A federal judge here has ordered prison time
for a Montana man convicted last fall of helping arrange illegal hunts for a
Pennsylvania pizza shop owner.
U.S. District Judge Don Molloy on Tuesday sentenced Dean
Ruth to four months in prison for violating the federal Lacey Act, which
regulates interstate sale, purchase and transportation of wildlife. Ruth,
who lives near Seeley Lake, will be under close supervision for another two
years after his release.
Ruth's nephew, Gale M. Ruth Jr., who was convicted on two
counts for his role in helping arranging the hunts, was sentenced to two
months of house arrest and four years probation.
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